Sail Canada Sailor of the Month

Published on September 17th, 2018

Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Here is the latest recipient.


The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 took place from July 30 to August 12 in Denmark. Held every 4 years, this event is the largest global sailing competition that includes all ten Olympic fleets. As the first and largest country qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, this event was pivotal for all countries.

Over 400 sailors gathered from across the world to compete in this event, including Canadian Sailing Team members Tom Ramshaw and Sarah Douglas. While the weather varied throughout the week, the Finn and Laser Radial sailors held their own finishing in the top 10 in their fleet.

In competition with Finn sailors from 42 nations, Tom made his way to the top as he captured one of the eight available spots for Tokyo 2020. Finishing 5th overall, he mentioned, “it was a great week for me and I’m more motivated than ever to keep pushing hard to get to the top of the podium.”

While the Laser Radial sailor, Sarah Douglas made her way up the scoreboard marking a 6th place finish, securing one of the 18 spots available in the fleet. Competing with over 119 sailors, from 53 different nations, this event marked new accomplishments for the Canadian sailor.

“It was my first medal race and I was very excited to be out racing in epic conditions with the top girls in the world,” said Sarah. “Securing the Olympic spot was the goal and I’m happy to have done that for Canada.”

Their hard work and persistence during the event paid off, as their results made “Sailing the first Canadian NSF to qualify spots for Tokyo” mentioned by Veronica Brenner, Olympic Performance Manager with the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Congratulations to the Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month, Tom Ramshaw and Sarah Douglas, for qualifying Canada a spot in the Finn and Laser Radial fleets for the 2020 Olympic Games.
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Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Sail Canada encourages the submission of noteworthy Canadian sailing activities to sailorofthemonth@sailing.ca.

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